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smarTours is a leading provider of direct-to-consumer, affordable travel experiences to exotic global destinations. The Company offers travelers curated, pre-packaged itineraries to over 40 destinations across the globe. By offering tours directly to consumers, the Company provides premium-quality experiences at value prices, and as a result, has cultivated a highly passionate and loyal community of repeat travelers. More than 200,000 travelers have taken a smarTours trip since the founding of the Company in 1996. smarTours is… the smarter way to see the world.





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smarTours 5 star review on 28th January 2020
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Anonymous  // 01/01/2019
Excellent itinerary and tour leader. The Hurtigruten ship and staff were great for this type of adventure. Very, very pleased.
Posted 7 months ago
Arie was fantastic. He has an extensive knowledge base about the history of Israel as well as the biblical background of Judaism and Christianity. There was a great mix of historical Roman sites-- Masada, Caesarea, Jaffa and others as well as numerous churches and religious sites. We also had a great group. Dead Sea and Sea of Galilee were great! I believe everyone enjoyed the trip and learned a great deal. Good food for the most part.
Worst thing was return El Al flight from Tel Aviv to Newark-- worst service I have ever been on. No water, no complementary beverage service, hot and nasty. Pick another airline.
Posted 7 months ago
My second SmarTour was Amazing Thailand in February. It was a fantastic experience in every way. I love to travel to experience the culture, the food and the people of a country. In Thailand we visited temples, local markets, met ethnic tribal villagers, bought handcrafted items, experienced multiple Thai massages, visited an elephant rescue reserve and learned to make local dishes in a cooking class. What made all of these experiences most meaningful was the compassionate, passionate and infinitely patient leadership of our guide, Ketsara. I have had the pleasure of using dozens of guides in traveling over the years....Ketsara ranks in the top!
As a side note, the Coronavirus has just reared it’s ugly head in China. Despite many client cancellations, SmarTours remained committed to keeping us safe with lots of hand wipes/masks as needed, and kept to our promised itinerary
Posted 7 months ago
My trip to Antarctica was everything I dreamed that it would be. The scenery was beyond words and the penguins were so cute. I was impressed with the beauty of the icebergs and glaciers on the mountains. The ship, Midnatsol, was clean, comfortable and had really delicious food. It was just a spectacular trip in every way.
Posted 7 months ago
We were delighted with our SmarTours trip to New Zealand and Australia.
Posted 7 months ago
While the tour was good, it was not what I had expected when I departed on the trip. From activities to packing, it could have been described better in the literature. All in all it was a good trip and Nicolas Patti was an excellent tour leader.
Posted 7 months ago
Great guides
Posted 7 months ago
The trip was FANTASTIC and Marcello did a great job
Posted 7 months ago
Tour was well organized with excellent tour guides. The accommodations were top level, and the food very good. One day’s 8 hour bus ride was very difficult and they should consider a flight instead.
Posted 7 months ago
The trip itinerary was well planned and the accommodations were quite good, especially considering our trip was to India and Nepal. The tour guide, Bonita, made the trip most enjoyable. Her positive attitude and energy carried the day and her organizing skills and attention to detail were superb. This was a memorable trip, thank you smartTours and Bonnie Backer.
Posted 7 months ago
We just returned from Kenya and Tanzania. The experience was unforgettable! The guides and transportation and accommodations were all excellent and up to the standards we have enjoyed with SmarTours on numerous trips in the past. The only comments we would like to make is that the Tanzania Extension was somewhat hurried with three different lodges over four days. What was a particularly poor plan was for us to get up on the last day for a game drive at 7 AM followed immediately by a three hour drive to Killimanjaro airport to immediately take our flight to Nairobe to connect with our 15 hour flight back to JFK. There was no opportunity for us to rest up or even freshen up before returning to the US. This could have been avoided by providing us with some facilities at a hotel where we could have showered and changed clothing for the trip home. As it was, it was an unnecessarily hard and uncomfortable journey back home.
Posted 7 months ago
Our tour was fabulous! We went on the amazing Thailand tour. Our guide Ketsara was the best we’ve ever had....and we’ve been on many Smartours and a few others. She was so knowledgeable and made sure we had a wonderful experience. Loved the extra free time so we weren’t always so programmed. Hotels were great! Couldn’t have asked for more.
Posted 7 months ago
I left a very detailed review before I left.
Posted 7 months ago
The tour was good. The hotel accommodations were clean. The food was not so good. Same breakfast everyday. Not many choices for dinner.
Guide Victor was very professional and was knowledgeable.
Posted 7 months ago
Jessie, our Tour Director, was wonderful. Beautiful speaking voice, imparted history and color of each site we visited. Also added some important personal information that helped explain the caste system. We had a small(15) group so he was able to speak with all of us. He knew all the sites, personell, and all special events. So glad we were on HIS trip.
Posted 7 months ago
Great tour guide and itinerary. Only beef is that air fare should be separate so that we can book own air.
Posted 7 months ago
We had good hotels, guides and very interesting and well-traveled fellow travelers on our Smartours trip to Oman, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. I was most impressed with our jovial, Palestinian guide, who had a wonderful outlook on life despite his standing as a non-citizen in the UAE. I learned so much about this part of the world and the entire trip more than met my expectations.
Posted 7 months ago
Excellent itinerary with personable, caring and knowledgable guides. Accommodations were good, and had very good locations. We have traveled with SmarTours many times.
Posted 7 months ago
Fantastic trip! Guides were excellent!
Posted 7 months ago
Country was beautiful, group size was just right, tour guide and driver were knowledgable, friendly and interact with the group well and we had an excellent group!
Posted 7 months ago
smarTours is rated 4.41 based on 1,366 reviews